At a Glance
All the cottages are modelled on fisherman's huts
Despite it being a long drive from the closest airport it is a great place to relax
Fantastic Ayurvedic Spa
The coastline is home to the Olive Ridley Turtle, which is now an endangered specie, protected close to Neeleshwar
An early morning walk along the beach to inspect the fishermen's catches, the best start to the day.Scott Dunn team
We had the best Keralan fish curry of our stay here and the menu was small but good for all tastes.Emma Mark
The in house tailor is wonderful - never seen this in any other property not just for yoga but will copy your favorite outfit in four hours.Julie Geyton
The hotel employs all local villagers and rains them in hotel management and service.Julie Geyton
Meet our specialists
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Neeleshwar Hermitage
Neeleshwar was built in accordance with the architectural principles of Kerala Vastu and has a number of thatched cottages, with either sea or garden views. Each room has its own private courtyard, balcony and outdoor bathroom. They are furnished with contemporary color schemes with a slick, modern finish. To the front of the cottages you will find a pleasant verandah.
The hotel has a main dining room at the center of the resort called ‘The Hermitage’ serving continental, classic Indian and local cuisine. There is also a delightful seafood and fish restaurant, by the pool and overlooking the beach.
The hotel has a superb spa offering Ayurvedic treatments. They offer traditional massages, purification regimes, aromatherapy, facial and beauty treatments and rejuvenation therapy.
Neeleshwar is perfect for those wanting to relax, but for those wanting a little more to do you can visit the impressive fort at Bekal, take backwater cruises, go walking in the Western Ghats, explore untouched local villages or visit the many delightful local temples in the area.
In short, Neeleshwar’s relative untouched isolation is its true trump card; coupled with its wonderfully crafted rooms and facilities - and the chance to explore a part of Kerala that few tourists visit.
Neeleshwar Hermitage offers 16 Cottages set back from a stunning long and deep Keralan beach. All the cottages are rustic in style, designed on traditional fisherman's huts and have en-suite outdoor bathrooms. Cottages are spacious, light and airy featuring teak floors, high ceilings and locally handmade furniture and both antique and contemporary works of art from Kerala.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Neeleshwar Hermitage. However, there are no specific facilities available for them. Children will love the many cultural activities in the area and be able to enjoy the wildlife tours to see the Olive Ridley turtles and the abundant birdlife.
Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool and a spa offering traditional massages, purification regimes, aromatherapy, facial and beauty treatments and rejuvenation therapy. There are also two restaurants serving continental, classic Indian and local cuisine, a small shop, beauty salon and internet access is provided.
Activities at the hotel include cookery classes. The surrounding area offers a wealth of cultural activities including visits to the Bekal Fort, walking in the Western Ghats, cruises on the infamous Kerala Houseboats, cycling and wildlife tours to see the rare Olive Ridley turtle. From October to November there is also a bird guide at the hermitage.
Location & Directions
Neeleshwar Hermitage is set on an unspoiled beach in northern Kerala - a region traditionally known as Malabar - about 25km south of the town of Kasaragod.
When to go
Isolated from much of India by the Western Ghats, the climate of Kerala & Karnataka is tropical and as a result of the mountain ranges the area isn’t as dry as much of India. The best time to visit is from January through to April. While there can be the occasional light showers these are just a prelude of the wet weather to come. The weather is generally hot and humid during this early summer. The monsoon season arrives in early June and thus can wash out July and August. September is much more humid as a result of the rainy season, and the fall can be dry but with the humidity this makes it feel quite warm. There can be a little rain in the night in October and November. The temperatures cool down and the humidity lets up as winter comes in around December, with this season lasting until February when the dry spring returns. Winter can be a pleasant time to visit, especially if you’re looking to head off the beach and explore the rest of this Indian land of mystery.